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Last Day of March

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Last day of March has been a beautiful spring day (Dare I even say that out loud?) Spike and I went out for a walk in the afternoon sunshine. I saw only a few little clumps of ice, mostly on the north (shady side) of the house. At this time of year, the north (valley) side is getting precious little sun, while the south and west sides (street, parking lot, etc) were bathed in spring sunshine. In the photo, that’s melting ice you can see. We stayed out for 3/4 of an hour. Today I logged a lot of steps on my pedometer: total walked today = 4.29 km, which was 8938 steps. That’s a new high for me – and a direct result of the warm day (11 Celsius!)

Bird activity: lots of Canada geese recently – flying overhead, and honking. On the weekend I also saw 2 pairs of geese grazing on the grassy banks adjoining the parking lot at my favourite supermarket. They only do this in the spring. They fly up from the river and spend the afternoon scrabbling for anything they can find to eat. About ten days ago I was amazed to see a pair of hawks sitting on our fence. (I think they were in courtship mode.) That was definitely a first for me…2 hawks outside our windows, just sitting there, looking around. I’ve seen the falcons but it’s hard to get a good look at them- they zoom by. The downy woodpeckers have been coming to my bird feeder all winter and continue to visit. I am so lucky to live beside this massive wooded river valley, right in the middle of the city. Guess I am rambling on here, but it was so good to get outside, after the longest winter in years. Welcome to April, now less than an hour away! I have never been so glad to see the back end of winter.

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Get this: one day in the last week when we were in the deep freeze, I walked Spike outside for a pee break. Took my eyes off him for a moment and then I didn’t know if he’d actually peed or not. Took off my glove, and stuck my hand underneath his belly and checked for dribbles. They were there alright, and they had already frozen solid. He had yellow icicles stuck to his belly!
He wears his warm sweater in the cold weather, but his genital area is left uncovered of course. That was a first –  to find frozen urine sticking to him just seconds after he had peed. Obviously it froze as it streamed out. Wow. I’ve never seen that before in 11 winters of walking Spike. This unusual occurrence certainly tells the tale of our frigid winter, which has been feeling like it will never end.

 

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